Wednesday 16 April 2014


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Rock / Screamo
Related artistsN/A.
CountryHamilton, CANADA
Years Active2012-present
Song: "Know Better"
Album: "Scrutiny"
Year: 2013
Label(s): Self released
This post's artist is from the April 2014 Mix. This is track #11.
You can download the April 2014 Mix#4 right here.
For fans ofWolves, Descubriendo A Mr. MimeBooks Lie, FoxmoulderEcorche, Four Hundred Years, Jenny Piccolo, Anasarca, Innards, Arrow In Flight, State Faults, Watch For Wolves, Ogni Giorno, Daniel Striped Tiger, Bravo Fucking Bravo, and Twelve Hour Turn.

SKETCHBOOKS are a band from the Canadian city in which I reside, Hamilton. 5 months ago they released a very promising album titled 'Scrutiny' that immediately caught my attention. The band's first album 'Sick On It' is much more simplistic, dark and dirty with more of a thrashy, lo-fi hardcore feel, while the new EP is a much more refined endeavor, touching on numerous styles and mixing them seamlessly. If I had to give a condensed description of the direction SKETCHBOOKS seem to be heading, it's a bastard mix of the Level Plane gods Wolves-inspired screamo, raw emo and straight up punk. There's a lot of awkward rhythms, caustic vocals and great basslines littered throughout the noise, as well as really catchy riffs and almost spacey/ambient riffing ala Dolcim, Frameworks and State Faults in "Know Better". Then you've got the first half of "Exceed Nothing", which is the audio equivalent of rust and sparks in a car repair shop. After that first minute, the band drops into their best Four Hundred Years meets Wolves romp that is probably the most driving thing they've recorded.

The Hamilton scene is growing, due to many passionate and involved people. So if you come through Hamilton (1 hour away from Toronto and closer to the US border), chances are I can set you up with a show and SKETCHBOOKS will definitely be asked to play.



2012 - Sick On It EP (stream/download here)

2013 - Scrutiny EP (stream/download here)


(2013) SKETCHBOOKS - "Know Better" (from 'Scrutiny')

(2013) SKETCHBOOKS - "Exceed Nothing" (from 'Scrutiny')

(2012) SKETCHBOOKS - "New Usual" (from 'Sick On It')

SKETCHBOOKS additional links


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